African Development Bank calls for 'bold actions' to improve connectivity and reduce costs in Africa

22 November, 2017

African Development Bank called (21-Nov-2017) for "bold actions" to improve connectivity and market access and reduce costs in Africa's aviation sector. African Development Bank VP for the private sector, infrastructure and industrialisation Pierre Guislain said low connectivity and the absence of significant airline hubs remains a challenge for business people and ordinary Africans. He commented: "Travelling in Africa remains inconvenient and costly". African Development Bank stated the African aviation industry is hampered by high costs and growth in the sector would require the reduction of high taxes, fees, charges and airport levies. The bank considers private sector financing and investment to be critical and said liberalisation of the aviation sector can support regional integration and trade. Mr Guislain identified open visa policies as another way to stimulate integration and passenger traffic. [more - original PR]